Buddhism and Nazism are about as far apart on the tolerance spectrum as you can get. Buddhism teaches compassion based on a profound understanding that all beings are equal, want to be happy, and are inseparable from oneself. Nazism is about division, inequality, and ultimate superiority of some over the “others.”
Mr. Cassidy’s post on July 12, 2009, called “Befhel ist Befhel: the Nazi Sangha” is particularly vile and hate-filled. You are lulled at first, as you read the post. He talks about how “our” religion (Mr. Cassidy considers himself to be a Buddhist) is built on the foundation of loving kindness for all beings. But this acknowledgement quickly yields to a fear-filled tirade about how “some of us” have lost the way and will destroy Buddhism. And Cassidy names the demon destroyer the “Nazi sangha.”
With his now familiar arsenal of fabrications, lies, innuendo, and unfounded accusations, Mr. Cassidy proceeds to paint a picture of this Nazi sangha that allegedly burns effigies, steals private medical records, takes turns slapping its own members, and promotes the generalized use of psychiatric medication. And Cassidy wants his readers to believe that Kunzang Palyul Choling is that Nazi Sangha with Jetsunma Ahkhon Lhamo as its leader. This is an outrage not unlike Nazi propaganda – that creates an enemy where none exists, slathers on lies to cover up and even justify the perpetration of unspeakable atrocities against innocent people.
Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo’s Jewish grandparents fled Austria with the resurgence of anti-Semitism that followed World War I, as too many Jews were “disappearing.” They began a new life in America, but their family hid their Jewishness still. Afraid of that kind of hate, never knowing where it might pop up again,what form it would take. Today it takes the form of Mr. Cassidy’s post. It is a slap in the face of all Jewish people and all Buddhists.
Mr. Cassidy goes on to present his website statistics record that shows that someone at Kunzang Palyul Choling monitors his blog. Given the venom and threats that Mr. Cassidy spews forth on his blog, as well as his rap sheet of incarceration for being a violent offender, it would be foolish not to monitor the situation. Kunzang Palyul Choling, Jetsunma Ahkhon Lhamo and her students are deeply concerned that this man will transform his hate speech into physical violence. His post is yet another example of the hate he perpetrates in the world.